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Wetherspoon pub chain to remove lockdown-sceptic posters

Last month bosses made pages from their firm journal, Wetherspoon News, out there to obtain and put in pub home windows.

It was a part of a marketing campaign by chairman Tim Martin in opposition to authorities restrictions, which he mentioned had been “messing up the economy and also the health of the nation”.

One of the flyers was pictured nonetheless seen in some pub home windows this month. It reproduces a information story from 20 November final 12 months, which solid doubt on the dire warnings of presidency scientists concerning the risk posed by the second Covid-19 wave.

However, lots of these grim predictions are actually coming to cross, thanks partly to the brand new, extra transmissible variant of the virus.

Given the change in circumstances, some have urged that persevering with to show the outdated posters may quantity to misinformation.

One Twitter consumer mentioned it was “disgraceful with 1000+ daily deaths and NHS staff stretched”, whereas one other added: “Can you take down the Covid posters you’ve stuck up in your pub windows? One’s in #Catford, 500m from #Lewishamhospital, which is full of #Covid19 patients. Your posters just encourage people to ignore the lockdown restrictions.”

On Monday a Wetherspoon spokesperson instructed The Independent: “The heading for the posters is ‘Read all about it’, which refers to the net version of Wetherspoon News.

“The on-line version has articles by most main newspapers together with The Sunday Times, The Guardian, New Statesman, Daily Telegraph and The Independent

“Having mentioned that, the posters have been up for six weeks and it’s truthful to say that a couple of of the feedback are outdated. 

“We intend to take the posters down from all Wetherspoon pubs within the subsequent few days.

“It is significant in a democracy to have an knowledgeable debate. As a end result there could also be a chance to substitute the posters with extra up-to-date articles in the end.”

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